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  1. Tele-echography service to undergo full-scale trials

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    January 27, 2009

    The 1st robot designed to perform teleoperated ultrasound scans was rolled out in 2003 as a result of research work by Professor Philippe Arbeille at Tours Hospital, France, supported by ESA* and CNES. Today, the ARTIS** project funded by ESA is set to test a full-scale robotic tele-echography service.

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  2. New invention for dust-free optical disks

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    July 31, 2008

    A CNES engineer has filed a patent for an invention that improves playing quality on CDs and DVDs at a cost of only €5. All it takes is a bit of dusting!

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  3. Rosetta to swing by Earth on 13 November

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    November 9, 2009

    A few days from now, the European probe will make another Earth flyby and receive a gravitational assist towards its final destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft will pass within 2,500 km of our planet.

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  4. Rosetta encounters a rare asteroid

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    August 6, 2008

    The European Rosetta probe is set to encounter a small asteroid called Steins on 5 September. This flyby—halfway to the probe’s ultimate target, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko—will provide an opportunity to gather key information about a still poorly understood family of asteroids.

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  5. Steins unveils its secrets

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    July 15, 2009

    Last September, the European Rosetta probe sent back pictures immortalizing a rare asteroid called Steins. Now, after in-depth analysis of data collected during the flyby, the small rocky body is starting to unveil its secrets.

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  6. Charting and forecasting ocean conditions

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    June 3, 2008

    Satellite altimetry is the only space-based technology capable of penetrating below the ocean surface. This capability will benefit a broad range of ocean forecasting applications, now and in the future.

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  7. COROT sets sights on Milky Way

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    August 14, 2006

    If you happen to take your holidays in a remote area away from city lights, summer is the ideal time to observe the Milky Way—that fog of stars that stretches across the night sky (and is in fact our own disk-shaped galaxy seen edge-on). This is where COROT, CNES’s exoplanet-hunting satellite, is looking at the moment.

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  8. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

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    March 3, 2005

    Rosetta and Philae will be swinging past our planet on Tuesday 13 November to gain a slingshot assist from Earth’s gravity that will put them on course to rendezvous with their target comet in 2014. At the end of September, the Scientific Operations and Navigation Centre at the Toulouse Space Centre took advantage of a slack period in the mission schedule preceding this flyby to check out the science experiments it will be controlling.

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